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Friday, June 3, 2011

Anthony Josef Norris, Youth Art Mentor, Admits to Having Child Porn

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 7:45 AM

click to enlarge Anothony Josef Norris founded Kid Serve
  • Anothony Josef Norris founded Kid Serve

Police have arrested 46-year-old Anthony Josef Norris, a San Francisco youth art leader, after finding child pornography on his home computer.

Media outlets are reporting that the FBI found porn files posted in July 2010 by someone using the handle "spanky" on a Web site known for child porn. The files were traced to Norris' San Francisco address. Police stormed his home in April and found 600 images of pornography. They also located another 7,500 "possible images."

Norris reportedly admitted to FBI agents that he had child porn images on his iMac, and that he had been collecting pornography for more than a decade.


Norris surrendered to FBI agents yesterday and has been charged with possession of child pornography. He appeared in court on Thursday and was released after posting a $200,000 bond.

Norris is the founder and director of Kid Serve, a San Francisco nonprofit that works with youth to create art around San Francisco and the Bay Area. The program, which started 11 years ago, has supervised more than 50 outdoor murals created by kids, according to its Web site. Artists come into classrooms every week to help guide students with designing their mural.

The city has long subsidized the nonprofit, giving $53,506 this year, according to the Examiner. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.

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